Preserving Venetian Bell Towers Through Virtual Experiences Documenting the Bells and Bell Towers de Ultra
This project aimed to aid in the preservation of Venetian bell towers by updating Venice Project Center bell tower databases through documenting their state and creating virtual experiences. It was achieved by collecting extensive written, visual, and audio data of the towers and bells. A rotating camera was then used to create 3D virtual tours of the 17 bell towers and 71 bells documented in the sestieri of Dorsoduro, San Polo, and Santa Croce. Most towers and bells were in fair to good condition, with only three towers needing major repairs and two needing bell repairs. The resulting data was added to bells.veniceprojectcenter.org. Concurrently, a mobile data collection application was created to assist future groups and campanologists in recording consistent and comprehensive data.